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    elastic future

    Digital theatre pioneers elastic future, playwright Tim Wright, and an artistic team based in Barcelona, Lagos and London presented a new international and interactive performance experience using the widely available, free-to-access networks and social-media platforms we use every day. Harnessing Google Hangouts as a digital space for performance, Longitude provided a new way to experience live international performance.

    Three episodes were broadcast live from this page on 9, 16 and 23 June 2014, 18:00 BST. You can watch all three episodes on this page.

    Following three countries around the Greenwich Meridian, the drama unfolded online over three weeks exploring an impending global struggle to corner the market in fresh water and make a killing from climate change.

    Episode 1
    9 June, 6.00pm
    City analyst Nerida Thomson dug up an amazing prospect in Lagos, Nigeria, where a desperate need for water could end up netting Nerida millions – but only the strange leaders of the Academy of Water and Spiritual Healing (AWASH) held the connections to make it happen.

    Episode 2
    16 June, 6.00pm
    A deal with the Academy was struck, and Amenawon’s plan to bring a huge shipment of water to Lagos was within reach. But who can you really trust when millions of pounds are at stake?

    Episode 3
    23 June, 6.00pm
    London and Lagos are waiting for their ships to come in, and Barcelona is pulling the strings. Will the water conspiracy succeed? Or is too much to hope that five people can change the world?

    Join AWASH Academy’s ‘Record of Change’ movement by sharing photos or videos of signs of climate change, big or small, in your area.

    Find audience responses on Twitter using the hashtag #AWASH

    Commissioned for The Space by LIFT, Abandon Normal Devices, British Council Nigeria and Watermans in partnership with Google Cultural Institute. Commissioned as part of the Imagine 2020 network, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.